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This is one of my favorite recent photos. A common “Arapuã” (Trigona sp.) in the fields of Minas Gerais - Brazil coming out of a flower soon after exploring it. His large eyes and mouthpiece impressed me when viewed in macro.
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You'll find these frogs on rainy nights singing high on tree and bush branches in the Brazilian rain forest. This beautiful Aplastodiscus leucopygius was found during a field trip to the Serra da Mantiqueira. He was about 4m high and I had to climb the wet trunks during the rain to get to him.
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Some years ago I had my first working field trip to the threatened Atlantic Forests in Brazil. This particular field was to the highlands of the Serra da Mantiqueira, were I was lucky enough to find this cute bromeliad toad. Dendrophryniscus sp. lives in ground and epiphytic bromeliads were it lays his eggs. They do not survive in degraded environments, therefore the few left in the remaining more or less 10% of Atlantic Forest are threatened due to habitat loss.
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This is one of my favorite monkey frogs, he is named the enamel fingered frog because of its white colored “nails”. Found near standing water bodies like small lakes or marshes. Phyllomedusa burmeisteri is resistant to a good level of degradation making him easy to be found in moist environments on farms, this also makes him a great amphibian to observe.
To reproduce, the male makes a "dance" for the female and approaches slowly. When closer, he begins to caress her, if she accepts the affection, the mating occurs.
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Scutelleridae, a family known as jewel-bugs are commonly confused with beetles due to the enlargement of the last section of their thorax into a continuous shield over the abdomen and wings. Complete hardened backs are a characteristic common to the Coleoptera order. However, just look calmly that his phytophagous oral device denounces it. It is a Hemiptera (true bug) of the genus Pachycoris, and he is taking a "bath". Haha.
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The first bird I will post is a nightjar. Night birds are among my favorites, especially this family, the Caprimulgidae. They are able to open their beaks at 180 degrees and fly with it open to catch insects. Recently I learned that their babies are born with the ability to walk, so that after being born they can change the place of the "nest" whenever the mother wants a better place. This female of Hydropsalis torquatus, a scissor tailed nightjar, is nesting, she does not make a proper nest, instead she lays her eggs directly on the ground and defends it with courage. This one was so brave that she allowed me to get at macro distance, and she did not move a centimeter while defending her eggs.
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Xenodon is a non-venomous snake genus with a very sagacious behavior. When threatened she deforms its head in a triangle shape, thus mimicking a dangerous viper and scaring away possible menaces. Its coloration slightly resembling vipers from the Jararaca genus helps in this.
In addition, this frog hunter has a special adaptation. Anurans when captured by predators commonly use a defense strategy where they inflate their lungs, increasing in size and making it difficult for the predator to ingest them. However, Xenodon is able to undo this defense, because it has two long teeth that pierce the toads' lungs and empty them. I find this awesome.
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The Leopard treefrog (Hypsyboas pardalis) staring fearless at me. It almost feels like he says:
Look at me. Fight me. I will not back down.

Naturally found in forested areas and gallery forests, reproducing in slow marshes and creeks, this is a species with high resilience against anthropic action, being easily found in heavily degraded forest environments. Even in rural areas.
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There are days that it rains so much that all they are forced to leave the protection from the lair on the ground.
Is this not even so with us? It is the storms in our lifes that makes our truth come out.

A simple, but cute young female cricket.
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A bit after I bought my first camera, I found an equal beetle in my backyard. I took at least twenty pictures of him, and I have to admit, they were all horrible, this was not a photogenic beetle for me, haha. Yesterday, after years, I gained a second chance. In the university garden, another Giant Metallic Ceiba borer (Euchroma gigantea) crossed my path. I think this time the photos got a bit better. I Just loved the puppy face on this one.
In Brazil, E. gigantea has been considered pest of Bombacacea trees, causing the risk of falling branches and even the whole tree and representing danger to public and private assets.
Nonetheless, it is a stunning plague.
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Pithecopus ayeaye is here showing us a beautiful and remarkable feature, the nictitating membranes. She probably raised her membrane bothered by the light of my flashlight. However, this is a common defense behavior in many frogs. The membrane protects their eyes while allowing them to see. It also serves as camouflage for their big flashy eyes, sometimes, like here, even having stripes and such on the membrane. In addition, this membrane keeps the eyeballs moistened and allow these animals to swim with “eyes open” underwater.
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The pijama's frog (Hypsiboas cipoensis), is so called due to its striped pattern that resembles old sleeping clothes. This beatifull frog is endemic to the southern end of the Espinhaço mountain range in Brazil, and can be found singing close to slow moving water streams and ponds. This species is part of the Hypsiboas pulchellus group, a group mainly composed of pijama's frogs.
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A wolf spider (Lycosidae) having a brown widdow spider (latrodectus spp.) for supper.
I was lucky enough to watch this hunt. The wolf spider made a small jump to catch its prey, she was hanging above ground on a thread of web. Too close to the soil however, for this ingenious predator.
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A group of bees defending their colony entrance from a strange photographer. Just a typical behavior of animals that live in society. Thanks to their numbers and high level of organization these small animals are able to defend themselves against much larger ones.
A common feature in eusocial insects. Eusociality is the highest level of organization in animal societies. They form a division of labor between reproductive and non-reproductive groups, and exerce cooperative care raising their offspring. This behavior is much more complex than I can explain here. But, suffice to know that it is one of the reasons that makes this group (Hymenoptera) one of the most successful on earth.
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While I am looking for amphibians, snakes, lizards and other members of the herpetological fauna, I never cease to be amazed by other beauties on my way.
This beautiful flower, popularly known as a princess earrings, was found on a harsh expedition in the middle of the high altitude Atlantic Forest, in the Mantiqueira Mountains, São Paulo, Brazil. I am not a botanist, but I believe it belongs to the genus Fuchsia (maybe some of my botanist friends can help). This plant and several hybrid varieties of the genus are well spread in houses and gardens around the world, used with decorative purposes. Yet nothing like seeing one in the midst of its natural habitat.
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Etlingera elatior, also known as ginger torch around the world, or emperor's baton, in Brazil, is a species native to Southeast Asia. She was brought to Brazil for decorative purposes. Today it can be found in gardens or in the middle of the woods, were used to be houses. Although the emperor's baton is not invasive in Brazil, many others species are. Exotic species are introduced in many parts of the world, and these species can become invasive and cause a major problem for native species. Nonetheless, this flower remains wonderful.
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Erythrolamprus jaegeri is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern and southeastern Brazil. The snake has nocturnal semi-aquatic habits, It is capable of hunting and subduing its prey underwater and has much of its diet based on fishes and tadpoles, how cool is that? I found this one in broad daylight, hiding under a rock, during a field expedition in the Serra do Caraça Sanctuary in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
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This being with a particularly grumpy face was calmly basking in the sun in the middle of a stream, as if it were a lizard, in the State Park of Rio Preto in Brazil. It is called by locals, ox toad, perhaps because it is very commonly found around farms in the Brazilian interiors. Not long ago, this species was called Rhinella pombali, today thanks to the efforts of researchers we know that it is actually a population of hybrids from R. ornata specimens that reproduce with individuals of R. crucifer.
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